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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A STATE COURT SAID TODAY THAT JAMES BEVERLY CAN CONTINUE HIS CAMPAIGN FOR THE START HOUSE DISTRICT 139 SEAT..
THE COURT RULED THAT SINCE BEVERLY RENTED A HOME ON CHESTNUT STREET IN MACON FOR MORE THAN A YEAR - ACCORDING TO STATE LAW HE IS ELIGIBLE TO RUN.
HIS OPPONENT - ANISSA JONES - ISN'T CONVINCED.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPOKE WITH THE CANDIDATE'S WHO SAY THE FINAL VERDICT WON'T BE HANDED DOWN BY A JUDGE BUT BY THE VOTERS.
COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW BEVERLY IS STILL GETTING TAX CREDITS FOR A PREVIOUS ADDRESS IN NORTH MACON... AND THAT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH HIS OPPONENT ANISSA JONES
"You're enjoying the benefits of being a homeowner in another district while having the opportunity to exploit our district 139 here as a candidate."
BEFORE BEVERLY SEPARATED FROM HIS WIFE AND MOVED AWAY TO ATTEND SCHOOL HE SAYS HE LIVED IN THIS BROOKEFIELD DRIVE HOME.
"So when I got back it was natural to move into chestnut, but I still pay the mortgage at the house in North macon, some bills there, and that' sjust a part of our arrangement.
BEVERLY SAYS THE PAPER TRAIL MAY STILL LEAD TO NORTH MACON... BUT HE'S BEEN INVESTED IN THE DISTRCIT 139 COMMUNITY FOR YEARS THROUGH HIS OPTOMOTRY BUSINESS ON PIO NONO AVENUE...
"Through my business, civic engagement, my church is in the district, Macedonia, I mean it's where I stay. Every functionning thing I do is in the district."
Stand up: "This is the Chestnut Street home Beverely began renting in June of 2010. Four months later he bought a new car and registered it to the Brookefield Drive address in North Macon.
"I have an issue with that because if you clearly had already moved to our district it shouldnt be hard for you to put the address for our district in that document."
BEVERLY SAYS IT'S AN INNOCENT OVERSIGHT.
"It wasn't even a thought I didn't even think about it because again I wasn't trying to establish residency, I was just in and out of the tag office at a very quick time."
BOTH BEVERLY AND JONES SAY THE COURT MAY HAVE SPOKEN... BUT IT'S VOTERS SHE'S WAITING TO HEAR FROM.
STD
THE DISTRICT 139 CONTEST IS NOT THE ONLY RACE HEATING UP AS ELECTION DAY DRAWS NEAR..

THE RACE FOR A MACON CITY COUNCIL SEAT HEATED UP IN THE 13 WMAZ STUDIOS THIS MORNING.
WARD ONE COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS AND CHALLENGER CHRIS HORNE... BOTH DEMOCRATS... SAT DOWN WITH RANDALL SAVAGE FOR A TAPING OF 13WMAZ'S "CLOSE-UP."
DURING THE TAPING THEY DISCUSSED THE ISSUES... BUT THINGS ALSO GOT A LITTLE PERSONAL PARTICULARLY WHEN HORNE RESPONDED TO A QUESTION ABOUT LUCAS' CLAIMS THAT REPUBLICANS TALKED HIM INTO RUNNING.
Chris Horne: The only person that put me in this race is Elain Lucas, it is years of failed leadership look at East Macon, just look at when you go home look at what's around you on your way to work look at what's around you. Are you happy with 24 years of leadership like that?
Elaine Lucas: "I'm so tired of him downing the area, if he doesn't like the area he needed to have made some improvements
Chris Horne: "I love the area"
Elaine Lucas: "or joined me in making improvements or he needed to move out and go to where his Republican friends are maybe they could take care of him like they're doing with providing him funds to run, his friend Andrew Blascovich is Mayor Reichert's campaign coordinator or whatever who worked to talk him into running and the Republicans Erik Erikson Bill Knowles Susan Wood those folks have endorsed him they are Republicans and so if it looks like a duck if it quacks like a duck it's a Republican duck.
Chris Horne: "You have no idea what you're talking about."
Elaine Lucas: "It's a Republican duck Chris"
Chris Horne: "Andrew Blascovitch is my friend, we play softball, I have friends-"
Elaine Lucas: "He talked you into running"
Chris Horne: "No"
Elaine Lucas: "Into running"
Chris Horne: "you did you did"
Elaine Lucas: "you came in qualified at the last minute"
Chris Horne: "If you had turned this area into what it could be I wouldn't have run, yeah cause no one else would and it's sad."
Elaine Lucas: "I have a record and I am glad to present that record"
Chris Horne: "All you do is divide people you cannot move this community forward by dividing people and that's what you do best."
AFTER THE TAPING CONCLUDED... HORNE ACCUSED LUCAS OF THREATENING HIM.
YOU CAN WATCH CLOSE UP AT NOON SATURDAY... AND 6 A-M SUNDAY... RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ.

MACON MAYORAL CANDIDATE C. JACK ELLIS WANTS CITY BUSES TO RUN ON SUNDAY AND HE WANTS COVERED BUS SHELTERS AT ALL PICKUP POINTS.
ELLIS CALLED FOR THE SUNDAY SERVICE AND SHELTERS THIS AFTERNOON AT THE MAIN BUS TERMINAL AT THE TERMINAL STATION.
IF ELECTED... ELLIS SAYS HE'LL WORK WITH THE MACON TRANSIT AUTHORITY MAKE IT HAPPEN..
HE SAYS FUNDING WOULD COME FROM INCREASING FARES BY 25 CENTS AND STATE AND FEDERAL GRANT MONEY.
C. Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: Just imagine if you will all of us with a car access to cars, what if you had to turn your keys in at midnight on Saturday night and you couldn't get them again until early Monday morning.
ELLIS ALSO SAYS HE'LL WORK ON CREATING A COMMUTER RAIL BETWEEN MACON AND ATLANTA AND MOVING MACON'S GREYHOUND TERMINAL INTO THE TERMINAL STATION.
ELLIS WILL MEET FELLOW DEMOCRATS PAUL BRONSON.. ROBERT BROWN.. AND CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT IN THE PRIMARY NEXT TUESDAY.
WE'LL HAVE FULL COVERAGE OF ALL THE RACES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA ON 13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM.

TWO YEARS AGO THIS WEEK - MILLEDGEVILLE CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER DANNY PATEL WAS GUNNED DOWN AT THE LINA FOOD STORE ON HIGHWAY 22.
TONIGHT - A HANCOCK STATE PRISON INMATE FACES MURDER CHARGES IN PATEL'S DEATH.
A BALDWIN COUNTY GRAND JURY TODAY INDICTED 25-YEAR-OLD JARVIS REEVES ON MRDER CHARGES..
SHERIFF BILL MASSEE SAYS REEVES IS CURRENTLY SERVING A 40-YEAR SENTENCE IN A SEPARATE CASE.
REEVES WAS CONVICTED OF ROBBING ANOTHER CONVENIENCE STORE A HALF MILE FROM PATEL'S STORE - TWICE.
HE SAID REEVES WILL SERVE AT LEAST 17 YEARS ON THOSE ROBBERIES.
MASSEE ALSO SAID REEVES WAS A SUSPECT IN THE PATEL CASE SINCE THE MORNING AFTER THE SHOOTING.
Bill Massee, Baldwin County Sheriff: "It's been a very active case from the entire two years, until we just indicted Jarvis Reeves. We always went back to him, he was always our suspect from almost the immediate crime scene."
DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRED BRIGHT SAYS THEY'LL SEEK THE MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT FOR REEVES WHICH IS LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE.

TWO TECH TITANS COLLIDE ON THE SOCIAL NETWORK FIELD..
FACEBOOK ANNOUNCED A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH SKYPE THAT WILL ALLOW ITS 750-MILLION MEMBERS TO CONNECT THROUGH VIDEO CHAT.
THAT'S ALSO ONE OF THE MARQUEE FEATURES OF GOOGLE PLUS, A RIVAL SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE.
KARA TSUBOI COMPARES THE TWO.....IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.

TRACK ONE: Whether through Facebook... Or Google Plus... Video chat could become the way you catch up with family and friends.

Josh Lowensohn / CNET Writer
"Most consumer laptops and notebooks ship with webcams on them. And people spend a ton of time on Facebook and Google so it's a natural progression and that's where you put this."

TRACK TWO: To start making calls through either website, users will have to download an application to their hard drive. Lowensohn says the Facebook program is designed so anyone can use it.

Josh Lowensohn / CNET Writer
"It's a Skype plugin that let's you do one on one video chat with somebody else with very little friction, so you just click a button and you're talking."

TRACK THREE: While Lowensohn says Google Plus may be a bit more complicated to initiate connections, it comes with more features.

Josh Lowensohn / CNET Writer
"There's something called Hangouts which is for up to 10 people to chat in one room. You can watch YouTube videos together, there's text chat, you can mute people, you can see if someone else is watching a video. It's very social and it's a fun experience."

Kara Tsuboi / ON CAMERA STANDUP
One useful new feature on Facebook -- that Google Plus doesn't have yet -- is the ability to leave video messages even if your friend isn't online. I'm sending this one to my cameraman. Hi Jared!

Josh Lowensohn / CNET Writer
"Between the two, Facebook is obviously the easier thing to use. I think people will be happier with Google Plus in the long-run because there are just more features."

TRACK FOUR: Facebook's video chat is available now, but Google Plus is still in its testing phase and will become available to the public in the coming weeks.

NETFLIX SUBSCRIBERS WHO USE THE SERVICE TO RENT D-V-D'S THROUGH THE MAIL AND WATCH VIDEO OVER THE INTERNET... WILL SEE A PRICE INCREASE IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS.
THE COMPANY LAUNCHED SEPARATE PLANS FOR THE TWO SERVICES.
NETFLIX PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED BOTH OPTIONS IN A SINGLE PACKAGE THAT STARTED AT TEN DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR ONE D-V-D AT A TIME.
THE STREAMING-ONLY OPTION COSTS EIGHT DOLLARS A MONTH.... WHICH WON'T CHANGE.
UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM... EACH SERVICE WILL COST YOU EIGHT BUCKS EACH MONTH.... A TOTAL OF 16 IF YOU WANT BOTH.
ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY'S OFFICIAL BLOG...
GIVEN THE LONG LIFE WE THINK DVDS BY MAIL WILL HAVE, TREATING DVDS AS A $2 ADD ON TO OUR UNLIMITED STREAMING PLAN NEITHER MAKES GREAT FINANCIAL SENSE NOR SATISFIES PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT DVDS."
THE CHANGE GOES INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY FOR NEW CUSTOMERS... AND SEPTEMBER FIRST FOR CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS.
THIS MARKS THE FIRST TIME NETFLIX HASN'T BUNDLED STREAMING WITH THE D-V-D RENTAL PLAN SINCE STREAMING LAUNCHED IN 2007.

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TIBETAN ANTELOPE ARE ON THE LAM... A PENNSYLVANIA COW'S WILD ESCAPE LED TO A NEW LEASE ON LIFE... AND HOW DO YOU MAKE A BUS WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS?
MICHAEL JONES HAS THE ANSWER IN "TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!"
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
AN ADORABLE HERD OF TIBETAN ANTELOPE HAS BECOME A HEADACHE FOR RESEARCHERS IN CHINA.
EIGHT ANIMALS WERE EQUIPPED WITH G-P-S DEVICES, SO THEIR ROUTINE ACTIVITIES COULD BE TRACKED. BUT AFTER A WEEK OF SEARCHING, RESEARCHERS HAVEN'T SPOTTED THE ANIMALS. THEY'RE BELIEVED TO BE MIXING IN AMONG TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEIR PEERS.
BUT, RESEARCHERS SAY THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEARN ABOUT THE HERD WHILE SEARCHING FOR THE RUNAWAYS.
KAYLI THE COW HAS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE.
LAST MONTH SHE WAS BOUND FOR THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE, WHEN SHE ESCAPED, AND LED POLICE ON AN HOUR-LONG CHASE THROUGH UPPER DARBY, PENNSYLVANIA.
THE STATE'S GOVERNOR "PARDONED" KAYLI, AND NOW SHE'S SET TO LIVE OUT HER DAYS AT A FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY.
THIS RARE RIDE COULD BE WORTH MILLIONS.
IT'S A RESTORED 1939 "FUTURLINER" BUS. THE VEHICLE WAS CONSIDERED AHEAD OF ITS TIME WHEN IT DEBUTED AT THE 1939 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR. ONLY 12 WERE EVER MADE.
IT'S UP FOR AUCTION ON E-BAY, WITH A STARTING BID OF 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
BILL SINICO, WHO RESTORED THE BUS, IS CONFIDENT IT'S WORTH A PRETTY PENNY.
One of these sold two years ago at the Barrett-Jackon auction for 4.3 million, so if one of these sold at that auction, I'm sure this will sell as well.
BIDDING LASTS ANOTHER WEEK.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ON LETTERMAN TONIGHT: TOM FELTON.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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